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An obese 12-year-old girl could be taken from the care of her mother after a doctor raised concerns about her health. Council social services bosses have begun family court litigation and a judge is expected to make decisions in the near future. Detail of the case has emerged in a…
A Detective Constable has been sacked for looking up information on a domestic abuse victim for her partner's friend who turned out to be a suspect in the case. Jessica Hamer carried out the search on a police station computer when she was a police constable while a colleague was…
Half of England's large care home providers for the elderly have at least one in four failing homes in their network, a study has found. Analysis of Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection results showed some of the 54 providers operating at least 12 homes in England had half or more…
A minister for loneliness has been appointed to help tackle the misery endured by around nine million Britons. Theresa May has backed a series of recommendations made by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, which highlighted how widespread the problem is. Ms Cox, who was brutally murdered by a far-right…
The NHS in England is in a "dangerous downward spiral" by "haemorrhaging" nurses, experts have warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) urged ministers to act after new analysis concluded more than 10% of the nursing workforce left NHS employment in each of the past three years. BBC analysis of…
Demands for efficiency savings on the cost of care for some sick and disabled patients could put patient safety at risk, MPs have said. Officials want local health bodies to cut the amount spent on the NHS's Continuing Healthcare funding packages and NHS-funded nursing care by hundreds of millions of…
A council has been criticised for erecting posters that make passers-by "suspicious of homeless people". The poster, by Gloucester City Council, states: "Are you really helping homeless people? "In some cases, the people you see sleeping rough are not homeless. They are in accommodation, receiving support and benefits. "Think before…
Councils have warned of a rise in the number of potential modern slavery victims identified as they called on the public to act as the "first line of defence" in efforts to tackle the scourge. Town halls highlighted official figures showing a jump in cases flagged up to authorities last…
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